This function downloads the latest station list (isd-history.csv) from the NCEI server and updates the data distributed with GSODR to the latest stations available. These data provide unique identifiers, country, state (if in U.S.) and when weather observations begin and end.



Care should be taken when using this function if reproducibility is necessary as different machines with the same version of GSODR can end up with different versions of the 'isd_history.csv' file internally.

There is no need to use this unless you know that a station exists in the isd_history.csv file that is not available in the self-contained database distributed with GSODR.

To directly access these data, use:
load(system.file("extdata", "isd_history.rda", package = "GSODR"))


Adam H. Sparks, [email protected]


if (FALSE) { # interactive() update_station_list() }